NAESCO Leading the Way in Climate Change Legislation

From on November 24, 2009 in CalFinder News

NAESCOThe National Association of Energy Service Companies has firmly established itself as the national voice of the ESCO industry through its national and regional advocacy efforts. NAESCO is an association devoted to promoting efficiency as the first priority in a portfolio of economic and environmentally sustainable energy resources and to encourage customers and public officials to think energy efficiency first when they are making energy resource procurement or energy policy choices.

One of NAESCO’s major beliefs is that energy efficiency is the fastest cleanest way to meet the nation’s energy needs. Ideas like enacting an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard would result in retrofitting buildings and weatherizing homes through processes like window replacement to increase energy efficiency while simultaneously creating jobs to do so. NAESCO goes on about the benefits of a national EERS in this summary provided to CalFinder.

NAESCO believes that energy efficiency is the key element of Climate Change legislation. Using America’s energy more efficiently is the fastest, cleanest and cheapest way to meet our growing energy needs. Investment in energy efficiency will create jobs and boost our economy, make the United States more competitive in the global economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change, and reduce our dependency on foreign oil.

NAESCO supports the enactment of an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS), which would require all electric utilities to procure a minimum percentage of their supply portfolio from energy efficiency. Our target percentage is 10% by 2020. The implementation of a national EERS would result in $168 billion in utility bill savings for American consumers and businesses, 222,000 permanent jobs in construction and other fields, 390 new power plants not constructed and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 48 million cars off the road in 2020.

Strong energy efficiency policies such as the enactment of an EERS will create jobs and save consumers money. Americans would be put to work immediately weatherizing homes, retrofitting buildings and conducting energy audits. Additionally, Energy efficiency measures - such as weatherizing homes and improving appliance efficiency - help consumers to take advantage of existing technologies, while using less energy and lowering their utility bills. According to analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the energy efficiency provisions in the American Clean Energy and Security Act could save Americans nearly $750 per household by 2020 and $3,900 per household by 2030.